Certainly was - when on a trip down Columbia Road in London's E2, I came across many independent pioneering stores and one stood out. Captured by sells a select collection of well designed and aesthetically pleasing products for the home as well as jewellery and clothing. It was a homely shrine devoted to good pure design and coffee served from a window.
Go buy at Something Else, Bristol. I popped in for the first time recently and was impressed by the collection of paper products including richly designed books, wrapping paper and stationery gifts. Happy to be stocking a few card designs there. It certainly had the clout of a contemporary London store, one that is quite unique to Bristol and about time.